As the saying goes, “the struggle is real.” It is said mainly in jest or as a satire but the struggle is real and it can be powerful. I struggle. You struggle. We all struggle in our own worlds, constantly fighting something.
The last six months have been the hardest for me. I have struggled through personal stuff that has knocked me down, but not out. Like a boxing champion, I come out fighting every time but it’s not easy. In fact it’s painful but I continue on. Only a small percentage of people know of my struggle (by choice) and for the purpose of this blog, I’ll keep that to myself, however I would like to use it as an example to inspire others who may be fighting something. Inspiration is my aspiration.
Some days are better than others but what I have found is if I take my struggles and convert them to positive energy, I become a powerful person with a mission. I use fitness as my vehicle to transfer this energy. Fitness gets me through this struggle. It is my shining light that shows me there is light at the end of tunnel and my struggle isn’t permanent, only temporary.
Problems are only tests for us. They are not meant to stay forever, only to teach us a lesson about ourselves on how to persevere. Here are three keys in showing the power of struggle:
No matter what happens to us, it’s our attitude that dictates how we handle it. You can’t control what happens to you but you can control how you respond to it. Change your thoughts, change your attitude. Change your attitude, become powerful.
Find a outlet that allows you to express yourself. This may be fitness, as in my case, that allows me to zone in on a great workout to boost my self esteem and focus on something other than my struggle. Food and alcohol are not good outlets – although sometimes you may think it will help. Only focus on positive things, not destructive ones.
Everyone going through hell needs a great support system to back them up. This could be family, friends or coworkers. Keep the positive people in your life and outcast the negative. If people do not add value to your life, they are not worth having around. It’s that simple.
The struggle is real and with a simple change of mindset you can turn a negative into a positive.